MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Quite a disappointment. HUGE head that made me think it was infected. No off flavours but no good ones either.
fly (1393) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAY 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
What’s in a name? More than what’s inside this is my impression. Strange tartness and all kinds of elements that I either can’t figure out or don’t want to know. Mary can have it.
gsteph (320) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Murky orangey, amber color with a damn huge, frothy white head. What a spice concoction, this stuff exudes spiciness. Cloves are predominant, corriander and a little nutmeg play up close. Looks good and appetizing. Unfortunately looks and aroma aren’t everything. Spicy flavor of cloves, corriander, hops, and other Christmas fruitcake crap but for all of its constituents it is utterly flavorless. There is a strange twangy sweetness that manages to slide in under the blandness. Finishes bitter. Too many flavors to blend well. Since I’ve never had a beer steeped with pimento maybe that is it. It is a very strong flavored ale, spicy and peppery. Full mouthfeel and oily. It is however very untasty.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours golden amber, big, big fluffy head. nose is full of spices, ginger, cloves, nutmeg. flavor is spice, but not much else. lightly spiced air. an insubstantial brew.
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 5, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
First time I had this I thought it was one of the most horrid seasonals I had ever tasted. The nose is overly spicy and full of sourness and a light bit of ginger. This was just like they spilled a whole bottle of assorted spices in the mash. Too much for me, hardly any maltiness, a light fruitcake flavor. Finishes extremely dry and undrinkable to me.
CH-303 (1289) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 27, 2008
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance: Orangy brown. Very little head.
Aroma: Orangy. Fruity. Ginger.
Taste: Herby. Ginger and coriander. Bitter.
Info: 500ml bottle, 28/6-2006, 132/300
Ober (2806) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A clear orange/amber colored beer, with a thick foamy white ehad. The aroma is like perfume. There are fruits and sweet candy. The taste of sweet candies, a little bitter, perfume and a little spices. The aftertaste is some bitter with sweet.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Medium amber color. Medium sized tight foamy head. Aroma is nutty, fruity, sweet and spicy. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of ginger, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. Its not really a appetizing mix, and what in the frell is PIMENTO doing in there. There is also something I am assuming is spice oil. GAHHH. Sorry, guv this one is NOT my cup of tea. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Kinz (3157) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Well, at least I enjoyed their porter. This pours a hazy amber orange with a slight but persistent creamy head. Looks nice. Aroma is clove, cinammon, nutmeg, ginger, and something oddly citric sour. Flavor is very similar, a totally over the top spice bomb followed by a strangely astringent finish. Could not get into this at all. Some bitterness lingers on the tongue, but it is a clove oriented bitterness. Frankly, I hated it. I can see how others could dig this, but it just wasn’t for me.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Gold-amber. Smells like a ’Christmas Spice’ plug-in air freshener. Paul Davey, who apparently brewed this dreadful jumble of tastes and aromas, should have known better. A huge disappointment after their excellent East Street Cream.